The Jefferson Parish Public School System team of teachers, support staff, administrators and school board members should be commended and be very proud of the results reflected in the GCR 2013-14 school system status report.

Being one of the largest public school districts in the state, it is imperative for the system to provide a quality education to the children it serves. Clearly the improved metrics reflected in the report indicate the remarkable strides forward that are taking place in such regard. No resident of our parish should look the other way when it comes to ensuring that all children have the solid educational base that they deserve. Quality education is the best wedge available for insuring that children will become productive citizens and bolster workforce quality in our parish, creating an attraction to business. We all should be optimistic about the direction of Jefferson Parish public education based upon the drastic improvements documented in the GCR report.

Tony Ligi

executive director, Jefferson Business Council

Metairie